He's not where he had spent a long time visualizing he can be. But, former Louisville commitment Ryan Taylor is making the most of a prep school year.
A 6-foot-5 wing, Taylor initially committed to Louisville as a sophomore in Indianapolis before moving to Louisville to play for his uncle Paul Handley at Louisville (Kent.) Western.
However, things didn't work out academically for Taylor as a senior and he and the Cards went in different directions. Rather than be bitter over what happened, he's made the most of it.
"He's such a laid back individual and I don't say that just because he's my nephew," said Handley of Taylor's outlook. "He takes adversity and it makes him a better person and he takes it head on."
In the midst of a fine prep campaign for A.W. Hamilton's Chatham (Va.) Hargrave program, Taylor has continued to elevate his game.
Formerly more of an undersized four, Taylor has developed a well rounded game and has done it with a tremendous attitude.
"Right now, he's happy and A.W. has done a great job with him too," said Handley. "He had a triple double the other night with 25 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
"When he came to me last year he had skills as a four as far as his ball handling and his shooting was suspect," said Handley of the three-star prospect who ranked No. 132 in the class of 2011's final Rivals150. "We would have regular practice and we'd go home and eat and then Ryan would work out another 2 and a half hours and he would never complain."
"He said that the Seton Hall visit and the Boston College visits had gone real well," said Handley. "He was really excited. Ryan had never taken a visit before those two because he was always committed to Louisville and it was all Louisville."
According to Handley, both the Pirates and Eagles are still under heavy consideration but Taylor will use his three remaining visits. Arkansas and Cincinnati are good bets to receive visits if they decide to bring him in while Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee are among the other programs already in the mix.
For now though, the plan is to wait until the Hargrave season is over and go from there.
Taylor may not have planned on being in this situation, but he's going to make the most of it and will be empowered to make the choice that is best for him.
"I think it's going to depend on who the coach is," said Handley. "I think Ryan is looking right now for that coach that would appreciate his style and is best for Ryan to be able to play whatever style the coach runs.
"We told him that it's a decision that he's going to have make it on his own."